REWARD UPDATE: Black bear rescued from Coquitlam trap

A black bear (Ursus americanus) stands at a forest edge in British Columbia.
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(Updated May 7, 2024)

A black bear was rescued and released from a potentially illegal trap near the Pitt River in Coquitlam, British Columbia last week, prompting warnings from The Fur-Bearers about trapping for outdoor enthusiasts in the area. The Fur-Bearers have issued a reward for more information (click here for details).

The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service responded to a report of a black bear with a trap on their paw near the Pitt River Boat Club. According to media reports, the bear was tranquilized and freed by BC COS officers, who also determined the bear was in “good condition” before being released into an undisclosed wilderness area.

ABOVE: The trapped black bear was found near the Pitt River Boat club.

While the investigation into this incident is ongoing, The Fur-Bearers are warning dog walkers, families, bird watchers, cyclists, and all other recreationalists and residents of the area to be on the look out for traps.

This disturbing incident is a sign of the need for reforms to trapping and how traps are purchased in Canada. You can learn more about trapping, current regulations, and opportunities to make a change by clicking here.

Reward Issued

The Fur-Bearers has issued a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and conviction person(s) responsible for this incident. You can read more in our press release issued today (Tuesday, May 2024) by clicking here.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Report All Polluters and Poachers line at 1-877-952-7277 or report online at

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